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Is music more important than the quality of your artist brand?

music brand scaleIs this a trick question?

I asked my brother (artist/songwriter/producer) the same question a couple weeks ago and without hesitation he voiced music. Logically he gave a perfectly valid and rational answer. If an artist’s music is top notch, fans should instantly take notice and through word of mouth and social media channels will soon be rewarded with a huge following. Right!

Wrong! The problem with that scenario is… we are not ‘logical’ creatures at all. And at times we can be led astray by our emotions and senses. Our irrational thoughts and behavior can sometimes border on insanity. To make the ends justify the means, we will force 1+1 to equal 3. If we believe it to be so, then damned to anyone who says otherwise!

It would be like trying to explain Ms. Kardashian’s brand. Logically it shouldn’t exist, but love it or hate it; she believed in it enough to be so.

What is the reason? Soon the why and the reason are gone and all that matters is the feeling. This is the nature of the universe. We struggle against it, we fight to deny it; but it is of course a lie. Beneath our poised appearance we are completely out of control.

What is the Future of the Music Industry? Or is it Already Here?

It is obvious that over the past twenty years the landscape of the music industry has fundamentally changed with:

  1. The invention of the internet (decades earlier) spawning the world wide “web” and the social mobile web we use today.
  2. The rapid rise of the mp3 as the web standard for music sharing.
  3. The transition of full-length albums to music singles.
  4. The plummeting cost associated with creating professional sound recordings.
  5. New software and hardware that removes many of the technical barriers associated with creating great songs and music videos.
  6. A new generation (or two) under the age of about 30 who accepts that free music has become the model for consumption.
  7. Social networks giving artist access to an array of promotional/ publicity services, and music professionals in the industry.
  8. Social media bringing back the word of mouth ole school peer to peer networks on steroids.

future of music industryWelcome to the future of music where we are now experiencing the birth of a DIY music generation of artists who will only be bound by the limits of the imagination, and are free to create and market music in entirely new ways.

What would you say? Your bio and one liner being most effective for the music business.

So in coming up with the bio, the tag line, the one liner or any aspect of a description of your band, your sound or your live show, what do you say and even better yet, do you say that regardless of who you are in front of?

I'll be back one linerA great deal of the consulting I do for artists on the promotional content level often starts with the bio. The bio is a pain, creating a strong professional and solid one is even more of a challenge.

There are a few basic rules about using the right keywords, the right comparisons and the right bullet points to attract people and the press to you, but the ground work and foundation comes from the continuity and finding that right phrase, tag line, bio or whatever to stand by across the board. You want to be confident, assertive and strong but an excess of arrogance and and ego can hurt you in the end.

Top 5 tips indie music artists should follow when building their brand online

Building a brand is the single most important skill a music artist, indie label or band should learn if they intend to promote their works to a larger audience. Thanks to the internet, and the growing popularity of social media, artist branding is much less complicated than it was… say maybe 10 years ago.

your brandRegardless of the type of artist you may be, we all need to understand the importance of branding to stand out from the crowd. To do that, we must take lessons from the corporate brands and recognize how we connect and promote online is a direct reflection of how others see our own brands.

If independent artists are a truly in the game as free agents and ballers, then it’s time we started playing like it.

So here is my top 5 list of things to get you pointed in the right direction.

Longevity

Be ready to be in for the long haul. It takes years to build a solid reputation as a recognized and successful brand. The branding process itself isn’t complicated, but it will require patience and perseverance to effectively accomplish your goals. You have to be unyielding and persistence in your efforts every day. If you are not up to the task, know that many of your competitors will be, and more than willing to pass you by.

Is Repping A Brand The New Recording Contract?

Over the weekend, Barcelona played host to its annual indie rock festival, Primavera Sound. Three days of live music featuring everything from the most obscure of Spanish rock bands to big names like The Pixies, Pavement, and Broken Social Scene. So it’s not a celebration of independent music exactly, but there’s no shortage of indie rock on tap, along with a fat slice of Euro bands that you’d never see at Coachella or Bonnaroo.

adidasstageAnd this year, there was a new addition to the scene – the Adidas Originals stage – a venue dedicated to showcasing independent acts, hand-picked by the almost surely good people of Adidas, and rarin’ to break into the European market.

The bands on offer – like any indie showcase, really – were a mixed bag of hits and misses. Predictably, the most memorable presence was that of Adidas. They didn’t just sponsor a stage, they took over an entire quadrant of the festival grounds, handing out pins and fans, taking Polaroid shots of festival goers, and trying to create buzz around live graffiti art installations – the usual slightly off-point grab-bag of pop culture offerings generated by corporations in an effort to connect with their demographic.

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Creating the Perfect Pitch – Sound Advice by Airel Publicity

BlankPaperBranding yourself both online and offline will really set up this coming year to be a break through one for your musical career.

To do this you must start with the most fundamental aspect of you as an artist: Your Pitch!

Two things happened recently to inspire this article.

Scenario #1: I was out at the Mercury Lounge seeing music and between bands I was standing at the bar talking to some friends and someone handed me a show flyer. I was taken with him immediately, I always appreciate anyone who is self -promoting because its not easy to do and it’s especially not easy to do at a crowded bar on a Wednesday night in downtown Manhattan. So, I looked down at the flyer and my heart sank. It said the following: